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NEW YORK — The state upgraded its online coronavirus school tracker Thursday to include a second set of district testing data from COVID-19 diagnostic labs so parents and caregivers of school-age children can monitor more accurate results.

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The six school districts in Greene County are adapting well to COVID-19 guidelines, school officials said Friday.

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NEW YORK — An independent state task force of scientists and health experts will review the safety of any federally approved COVID-19 vaccine before doses are administered to New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

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A top state Democrat spoke out Tuesday, joining cries to reopen New York comedy clubs amid the coronavirus pandemic as similar indoor entertainment venues remain closed statewide.

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CATSKILL — Greene County Public Health released its first breakdown of COVID-19 cases by town six months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency.

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HUDSON — Flu season is almost here, but with so many typical flu symptoms looking like COVID-19, how will you know if your cough is a case of the flu or something more?

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ALBANY — Lawmakers railed against the state Health Department on Tuesday for not publishing updated opioid-related death counts required by state law and declining to participate in a hearing on substance-abuse issues as overdose deaths spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ALBANY — Senate Republicans launched a statewide petition Wednesday to pressure the Legislature to subpoena the state Health Department to publicly release an accurate number of New Yorkers who died from COVID-19 in adult-care facilities and nursing homes.

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CATSKILL — Catskill residents are working to make sure that local children don’t miss out on Halloween this year, pandemic or no pandemic.

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HUDSON — A school investigation specialist will be brought in to perform COVID-19 contact tracing in Columbia County’s school districts, according to the county Health Department.

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CATSKILL — The village’s gift card program to support businesses during the pandemic was a success, according to the Local Development Corporation.

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ALBANY — Each of SUNY’s 64 campuses and universities will use state-approved pooled coronavirus testing as part of new requirements announced Friday to accurately identify new COVID-19 cases at state colleges, including asymptomatic carriers of the disease.

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HUDSON — Chromebooks are being issued to all students in grades K-12 in the Hudson City School District this year to accommodate remote learning. In past years, students in grades 9-12 were given school-issued Chromebooks to take home, and K-9 classes could use shared Chromebooks in their cl…

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Twin County unemployment numbers spiked in the month of July as the state and local economies continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Local health jurisdictions are laying the groundwork for handling the distribution and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine when one is approved and becomes available.

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After months of being barred from family visitations because of COVID-19, local nursing homes are starting to allow in-person visits between loved ones.

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HUDSON — Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected 437,971 and killed 32,982 people in New York state, most places of worship throughout the city have implemented the required social-distancing and mask-wearing state mandates, but not all.

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ALBANY — New York will unveil an additional public coronavirus interactive tool in the coming days that will track COVID-19 diagnostic tests across schools statewide as in-person classes prepare to resume next week.

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ALBANY — After a sudden reversal of federal coronavirus testing guidelines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he would not trust a COVID-19 vaccine and denounced President Donald Trump’s credibility as the U.S. Department of Justice weighs investigating four Democratic states over thousands of…

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Almost exactly five months since millions of New Yorkers hunkered down in quarantine, the state marked a sort of milestone last week: Localities are revamping COVID-19 testing and influenza vaccine strategies as the state’s rate of new COVID-19 infections remained below 1% positive for two c…

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ALBANY — New York localities are revamping COVID-19 testing and influenza vaccine strategies as the state’s rate of new COVID-19 infections remained below 1% positive for two consecutive weeks Friday — or one incubation period of the novel coronavirus.

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ALBANY — State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introduced legislation Wednesday demanding an independent investigation into New York’s protocols and COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.

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CHATHAM — Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, a paucity of new films and the uncertainty surrounding a reopening date for the Crandell Theatre, FilmColumbia organizers voted to cancel the 21st annual film festival.

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ALBANY — New York’s bowling alleys can reopen Monday and officials will release guidance for gyms to reopen statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a pandemic briefing Friday.

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A U.S. District judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last month challenging the constitutionality of New York’s legally required 14-day quarantine mandate for travelers from states with a high coronavirus infection rate.

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ALBANY — Every New York hospital will lose money this year as medical experts prepare for a possible second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, they said during a Legislature hearing Wednesday.

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Four school districts in the Twin Counties are on a list of 107 statewide that have not submitted plans for reopening in September, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but all four said Tuesday they have done so.

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Last week, state Health Department Commissioner Howard Zucker, testifying before a joint committee of state Assembly members and senators, declined to give the number of New York nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 in state hospitals. Zucker repeatedly declined to offer a number, not…

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When it comes to discussions about how best to get one step ahead of the coronavirus, it’s worth remembering the words made famous by screenwriter William Goldman: “Nobody knows nothin’.”

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As Congress negotiates the next round of coronavirus relief legislation, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is calling on the federal government to address the needs of struggling families.

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NEW YORK — President Donald Trump and the federal government must admit their coronavirus response mistakes and tell the truth to stop the dramatic spread of the virus across U.S. states and territories, Gov. Andrew Cuomo railed Monday.

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ALBANY — Unknown facts about the new coronavirus COVID-19 mainly contributed to the thousands of state virus deaths in nursing homes and adult-care facilities, state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said during a Legislature hearing Monday.

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WASHINGTON — Enhanced unemployment benefits must be extended through the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday as the virus surges in most states and territories.

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New York will give $30 million to its 62 counties to ramp up influenza testing and vaccine supplies to prepare for the upcoming season of coronavirus and flu diagnoses, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

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ALBANY — Investigators enforcing state COVID-19 mandates at New York businesses will issue violations to more than 130 downstate establishments for noncompliance, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

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Essential services will be slashed in next year’s state budget without federal aid to local governments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, pleading in a letter to New York’s federal delegation Wednesday to ensure $500 billion for localities as lawmakers negotiate the next coronavirus relief bill in Wa…

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ALBANY — Colleges and universities are prepared to continue New Yorkers’ higher education this fall with a hybrid of in-person and remote learning as the coronavirus pandemic continues, educators said during a legislative hearing Tuesday.

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Preoccupied with coronavirus prevention, Twin County residents might be overlooking a more familiar threat: tick-borne Lyme disease.

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CAIRO — The Greene County Youth Fair’s Quarantine Classic kicked off Thursday with 49 exhibitors and over 400 exhibits, Greene County Agricultural Society Secretary Patricia Ross said.

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NEW YORK — Coronavirus infections in young New Yorkers are on the rise as they continue to socialize or party in large groups, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, adding the state will sue President Donald Trump if he insists on deploying federal agents to address New York City’s crime spike.

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Unveiling bad news is becoming second nature to government leaders, so it is no surprise to hear that a COVID-19 resurgence in New York is inevitable, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said before expanding the two-week isolation mandate for travelers to 10 additional states, or more than half the nation.

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NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Savannah, Georgia, to meet with officials and help the Southern city fight against the coronavirus, which continues to spread across 40 states.